I'm P.C., and I have studied food and cooking around the world, mostly by eating, but also through serious study. Coursework at Le Cordon Bleu London and intensive courses in Morocco, Thailand and France have broadened my culinary skill and palate. But my kitchen of choice is at home, cooking like most people, experimenting with unique but practical ideas.

I live, mostly in my kitchen, in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Strawberries with Sweet Tea Dressing

Strawberries with Sweet Tea Dressing

Strawberries come into season when the beginnings of spring are arriving.  When it’s time air out the seersucker and the sandals and give the grill a good clean and make sure the big cooler is ready for weekends at the lake and beach.  And though we drink sweet tea all year, the mint is [...]

Grilled Sweet Tea Glazed Pork Chops

Grilled Sweet Tea Glazed Pork Chops

Memorial Day is coming and marks the official start of summer party season. Millions of people will be firing up the grill for the long weekend and beyond,  and here in the South, they’ll be making endless pitchers and jugs of ice cold sweet tea to keep things cool.  So I decided to combine the [...]

Sweet Tea Jelly

Sweet Tea Jelly

Canning is my summer time obsession.  From the first strawberries of spring to the last pears of fall, I spend my weekends putting up my famers market bounty.  Then the market closes for the season, I put the canner back in the pantry and shelf the jars for the next year.  But at some [...]

Sweet Tea Pecans

I don’t know that I have ever attended a holiday party where there wasn’t a pretty little bowl full of seasoned nuts. Sometimes a silver or cut crystal bowl, sometimes shaped like Santa or a Christmas tree, usually on the bar or an end table.  And there are always people hovering around, picking up [...]

Sweet Tea Cookies

The flavor of sweet tea is the flavor of the South.  With the wafting aroma of mint and the tang of lemon, with that tooth-achingly sweet depth.  I love to transform those flavors into many forms, from bourbon punches to sorbet to these cookies.  They are redolent with those iconic flavors. The texture of [...]

Sweet Tea Julep

It is hot out there!  It’s hot every summer in the South, but it still seems to be one of our favorite topics of conversation.  And we always talk as if it is some sort of surprise. “Can you believe how hot it is?  It might hit 105° today!” But somehow we manage.  Our [...]

Sweet Tea Sorbet

I try to mix things up, different types of recipes each week. But this week, I am continuing with a theme. I recently posted my recipe for Watermelon Sweet Tea, praising the benefits of good sweet tea in the hot Southern summer. And then I raved about my little ice cream maker for making Lemon Meringue [...]

Sweet Tea Myths and Legends

Tea Punch

Every now and again Southern food, Southern habits – Southerness – gets a little boost.  The very idea of the South becomes a trend, some new chef opens a restaurant with new take on Southern food (I myself argue that the very essence of Southern food is its old [...]